SCOOP 2016: slayerv1fan slays them in Event #38-H ($2,100 No Limit Holdem)

The 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker is all about mixing it up with the best players in the world and competing for enormous prize pools. Mexico's Joshua "slayerv1fan" Hoesel did exactly that today and walked away with a SCOOP title and almost $250,000 in prize money following a heads-up deal. slayerv1fan few under the radar on the final table before springing to life heads-up, overcoming a chip deficit to claim an impressive victory.

Event #38 of the 2016 SCOOP was one of the biggest buy-in events of the series -- a $2,100 No Limit Holdem Event that allows re-entries. A high-quality field of 788 entries (528 players, 260 re-entries) helped to form a prize pool of $1,576,000 to more than triple the advertised guarantee.

Team PokerStars Pros Bertrand Grospellier [2], Andre Akkari [3], Johnny Lodden [2], Liv Boeree [3], Naoya Kihara and Jason Somerville fired plenty of bullets into this prize pool but they were unable to reach the money stage.

At the end of the first day of play, the tournament was delicately poised with just 96 players remaining and only the top 90 players set to finish in the money. The Brazilian duo of rodckz and GM_VALTER were the chip leaders.

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When play resumed, six players would walk away empty-handed, and when muk 'em 24 from Canada bubbled in 91st place, the remaining players had locked up at least $4,097.60 in winnings.

A couple of red spades had made it through to the second day of play. Jason Mercier added yet another SCOOP cash with 38th place worth $6,304 while George Danzer made it a couple of places further, finishing in 35th place for $7,092.

Play slowed to a crawl approaching the final table, before the action exploded with simultaneous eliminations across the last two tables. 

Sweden's Sasuke234 was all in on one table with tournament life on the line with A♦K♠ against the pocket eights of TanTanSWE. Sasuke234 caught an ace on the flop and looked set to double up, but a devastating eight appeared on the river to give the pot to TanTanSWE and eliminate Sasuke234 on the final table bubble.

At the same time on the other table, caipsa was all in with A♣T♠ for top pair on a flop of T♦7♦6♥, but was in a world of trouble as hurrrrican3 had flopped a straight with 8♥9♥. caipsa couldn't find a miracle full house and was officially eliminated in ninth place to see our final table start with just eight players:

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Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: Anthony "wwwBTHEREcom" Gregg (532,403 in chips)
Seat 2: Joshua "slayerv1fan" Hoesel (1,935,000 in chips)
Seat 3: hurrrrican3 (1,936,736 in chips)
Seat 4: Elio "smokrokflock" Fox (546,632 in chips)
Seat 5: Shyam "G's zee" Srinivasan (305,166 in chips)
Seat 6: nadalon (460,366 in chips)
Seat 7: Alex "lynskey99" Lynskey (942,154 in chips)
Seat 8: TanTanSWE (1,221,543 in chips)

It was a stacked final table, and a familiar place for a few who had already enjoyed SCOOP success this series. In fact, Anthony "wwwBTHEREcom" Gregg and Elio "smokrokflock" Fox had gone one-two in this very event back in 2013.

wwwBTHEREcom would start this final table strongly with the elimination of nadalon. With the chips in preflop, nadalon moved all in from early position with A♥K♣ but the timing was unfortunate as wwwBTHEREcom snapped it off with A♦A♣. The board was spread 9♣2♠7♣4♥Q♦ to leave nadalon to collect $35,460 for eighth place.

Shyam "G's zee" Srinivasan landed a double up with king-ten pairing the board against Alex "lynskey99" Lynskey's ace-queen, before the biggest pot of the tournament to this point unfolded.

wwwBTHEREcom raised from under the gun before hurrrrican3 put in a three-bet. wwwBTHEREcom made the call to see a flop of 4♠J♦5♠. wwwBTHEREcom checked and then put in a check-raise, but hurrrrican3 called as the A♠ appeared on the turn. Both players slowed with a check and the river was the 9♣. wwwBTHEREcom went for glory and moved all in with K♥Q♦ for nothing but king-high but hurrrrican3 had the goods, snapping it off with K♠3♠ for the nut flush! Anthony "wwwBTHEREcom" Gregg would depart in seventh place for $51,220.

Elio "smokrokflock" Fox would be next to fall. From early position smokrokflock moved all in with 9♠9♣ but that was no match for the Q♦Q♥ of TanTanSWE. The board of 3♣6♦5♠3♠J♣ brought no help and smokrokflock was on the rail in sixth place, collecting $66,980 in prize money.

hurrrrican3 took down a nice pot with two pair against slayerv1fan to jump out to a healthy chip lead with five players remaining. Alex "lynskey99" Lynskey pulled some chips back with a flush and looked set for a big double up through the chip leader. It was lynskey99's K♣K♥ up against hurrrrican3's A♥Q♦ with all the chips committed preflop. However the board fell 7♥Q♥A♠5♣4♠ to connect with hurrrrican3 twice for the KO. A tough end for lynskey99 who takes $82,740 back to Australia for fifth place.

Things were pretty tight four-handed until former WCOOP champ G's zee was removed from the equation. After slayerv1fan opened with a raise, G's zee moved all in with 3♥3♦ but slayerv1fan was quick to call with J♠J♦. The board of 5♦5♣J♥J♣Q♠ was overkill as slayerv1fan made quads for the exclamation point on the KO. G's zee picked up a nice six-figure sum of $118,200 for fourth place.

TanTanSWE landed a double up with king-jack spiking a king to halt the momentum of hurrrrican3 who held ace-nine, but the relief was only temporary. Moments later, TanTanSWE four-bet jammed with 7♥7♠ and the race was on against hurrrrican3'sA♥K♣. The board ran out 4♣Q♠K♦A♣T♠ to give hurrrrican3 the pot with two pair. It was a great run by TanTanSWE who picked up $157,600 for third place.

Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 2: Joshua "slayerv1fan" Hoesel (2,356,304 in chips)
Seat 3: hurrrrican3 (5,523,696 in chips)

It was more than a two-to-one chip lead to hurrrrican3 as heads-up play commenced but with the blinds still at 20k/40k/5k, there was still plenty of room for slayerv1fan to move.

slayerv1fan said, "any interest in the #s or nah?"
hurrrrican3 said, "if you want we can see some numbers"

It didn't take long for the two players to lock in a deal based on their chip counts, leaving $10,000 and the SCOOP watch in the middle to play for.

hurrrrican3 chipped away and extended the lead in the early stages, connecting with the board with a pair of aces for a couple of healthy pots that reached a showdown.

slayerv1fan got short but found a double up with ace-queen against ace-eight to relieve some of the pressure, before turning a straight and getting paid off on the river to virtually level things up. slayerv1fan then continued the momentum, getting paid off on three streets with a flopped two pair to take over the lead and have hurrrrican3 in a spin.

hurrrrican3 again chipped away to close the gap but another nice straight for slayerv1fan after spiking a gutshot on the river, put hurrrrican3 on the backfoot before the final hand unfolded.

After hurrrrican3 limped in from the button, slayerv1fan raised from the big blind. hurrrrican3 moved all in over the top with A♣5♣ but slayerv1fan snapped it off with a dominant A♥Q♠. The board produced 9♠K♠J♥K♥7♠ which left slayerv1fan's ace-queen to play to take the pot and the title!

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It wasn't all bad for hurrrrican3 who took home the lion's share of the prize pool, thanks to the heads-up deal, collecting $262,477.38 for a fine tournament. However the SCOOP title would go to Joshua "slayerv1fan" Hoesel from Mexico along with $245,782.62 in prize money. Congratulations!

2016 SCOOP-38-H: $2,100 NL Holdem - $500K Guaranteed
Entrants: 788  (528 entries, 260 re-entries)
Prize Pool: $1,576,000
Places Paid: 90

1.  Joshua "slayerv1fan" Hoesel (Mexico) $245,782.62*
2.  hurrrrican3 (Slovenia) $262,477.38*
3.  TanTanSWE (Sweden) $157,600.00
4.  Shyam "G's zee" Srinivasan (Canada) $118,200.00
5.  Alex "lynskey99" Lynskey (Australia) $82,740.00
6.  Elio "smokrokflock" Fox (Canada) $66,890.00
7. Anthony "wwwBTHEREcom" Gregg (Canada) $51,220.00
8. nadalon (Mexico) $35,460.00
9. Caipsa (Peru) $22,221.60

* denotes heads-up deal

The Spring Championship of Online Poker is the biggest and richest tournament festival of the year, with millions in prize money to be won, a packed schedule, and separate buy-in levels designed to suit all bankrolls.

A total prize pool of $40 million is guaranteed with the series running right through until May 22nd. Head to the SCOOP home page for more details.

Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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